Killing Emmett

  title={Killing Emmett},
  author={D. Houck},
  journal={Rhetoric & Public Affairs},
  pages={225 - 262}
  • D. Houck
  • Published 2005
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
  • Mississippi newspapers were fundamental to creating a climate of public opinion that enabled Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam to go free in the trial of Emmett Till. Using newspaper stories, photographs, letters to the editor, and editorials from nine different Mississippi newspapers, I argue that themes of race, gender, class, and sexuality are pivotal to understanding the construction of key players in the trial. In addition, published comments by Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and Till's mother, Mamie… CONTINUE READING
    3 Citations


    The Emmett Till Case,” in Southern Miscellany: Essays in History in Honor of Glover Moore, ed
    • Frank Allen Dennis (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1981), 177–200. For a comparative and quantitative analysis of the newspaper coverage, see Warren Breed, “Comparative Newspaper Handling of the Emmett Till Case,” Journalism Quarterly 35 (1958): 291–98. The one journalism anthology relate
    • 2002
    Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi,
    • Look, January
    • 1956
    Deliberations Expected to Begin Today in Till Case,
    • Delta Democrat-Times, September
    • 1955
    Doctor’s Testimony May Alter Inquiry,
    • Clarion-Ledger, September
    • 1955
    Hint New Witnesses May Shed More Light on Till Killing,
    • Clarion-Ledger, September
    • 1955
    If We Must Murder Children, We Don’t Deserve to Survive,
    • Delta Democrat-Times,
    • 1955